Weekend Shot: We Are Still Here

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I’m a little late with this weekend shot. We’re still here in Cape Town, running and gunning. Between that and the time difference, I’m forgetting who’s up when. Schedule is a little out of whack.

Snapped this while scouting some new locations on Sunday. This memorial, Ons is Nog Hier/We Are Still Here/Siselapha/ is situated just outside the Cape Town Public library. It honors the memory of the nearly 7,000 children of all races who, between 1841 and 1921, were advertised and sold as indentured laborers in the Cape colony.

Stand back, and you see the mosaic of a child. Up close, you see the mosaic is made up of advertisements that ran in the local newspaper describing the child. The adverts, some of which were titled “destitute child” usually named the area from which the children came, their race, age and gender. The children, some as young as eight, were often found roaming the streets of Cape Town.

Quite powerful.

Here for a few more days. More to come…

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

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